Thine Only Son

Thine Only Son

Well, I remember the birth of my firstborn. As the saying goes, “it seemed just like yesterday” that she came into our world and changed everything for the better. After a certain point, you begin to forget what life without a child even looked like. All the care, energy, prayer, and time you expend into them, surely begins to blur the memories of life without them. Indeed, it is a blessed life with children as any parent can attest to.

For Abraham, the significance of the existence of Isaac cannot be understated. He was the promised child! Quite literally a miracle by the hand of God. The parallels between the birth of Isaac and the miraculous birth of Christ are too significant to ignore. Isaac was born to Sarah in her old age, fulfilling the promise of God. It was a miracle. Jesus was born to a virgin named Mary, fulfilling the promise of God. That too, was a miracle.

Both Mary and Abraham had to surrender the promised child to God. Both learned to trust God and obey him. But the call of God to Abraham strikes at the heart of every parent: “take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest.” Abraham was called to sacrifice his son; Mary was forced to watch her Son be sacrificed for the sins of the people. What faith! Both trusted in God’s plan and obeyed Him, though neither could forsee the exact outcome. Abraham counted God faithful to raise Isaac from the dead. Likewise, the truth Mary pondered, and the fulfilled Word of the heavenly Father, gave her hope. We cannot always see the outcome, but “the path of the just, is as a shining light.”

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